Considering a Career Change, Where to Start?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by glbtrekker, Jul 25, 2022.

  1. glbtrekker

    glbtrekker Bobtail Member

    Jul 22, 2022
    As the title suggests, I’m considering a career change and need some advice choosing a company to get started with.

    Here’s my situation. I’ve been in leadership for the past 30 years, but I’ve recently felt that it’s time for a change. I live in East Tennessee currently, but our family is contemplating a move to Central Florida in the next year or two. I’m in relatively good health, but given my age (52), I think mostly no touch freight would be a better choice. Additionally, I would enjoy seeing the entire country, but since I have a family, some home time will be important.

    The question is, where do I start? I’ve been considering opportunities with various companies, but I’m discovering that an apples to apples comparison is almost impossible. Who hires new drivers and/or provides a class to get you started?

    I’ve been looking at Millis, Werner, Schneider, Prime, and Swift, etc., but who am I missing? Is one company’s pay/benefits package considerably better than another? Thanks in advance as I know this question gets asked a lot.
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  3. silverspur

    silverspur Heavy Load Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Do you live near one of the big interstates? 40, 65, 81,75
  4. glbtrekker

    glbtrekker Bobtail Member

    Jul 22, 2022
    I’m currently within 30 minutes of I40 and I75
  5. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
  6. Northern Nomad

    Northern Nomad Light Load Member

    Apr 1, 2020
    The frozen north
    I tell the same thing to people who are thinking about getting a CDL as I do those who are thinking about getting married… don’t.
  7. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

    Jan 30, 2012
    Charlotte, N.Carolina
    What does "I’ve been in leadership for the past 30 years," actually mean?

    band leader. CEO, or what
  8. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    @glbtrekker --

    Also -- if you've been in a leadership/management position for a long time, and decide to proceed in the trucking world, anyway--be advised that you may not see the same levels of respect that you saw in your earlier management roles--especially as a beginning driver.

    With that said--to minimize the disappointment levels, I would highly encourage you to be extremely careful about which sector(s) of trucking you choose.

    Temperature-controlled (aka, "reefer") drivers experience some of the worst levels of treatment. Shippers/receivers will in many cases treat you like a <<<edited for civility>>>.

    I don't just speak from second-hand feedback. :rolleyes:

    Been there, seen that. :mad:

  9. glbtrekker

    glbtrekker Bobtail Member

    Jul 22, 2022
    Thanks everyone, through the years I’ve worked in retail/commercial management (paint industry) and ministry. I realize that trucking has its own unique set of challenges, and I’m still considering my options. However, I would still appreciate any insight on companies/divisions to avoid and/or opportunities to pursue. Thanks again
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